Guanacaste, Home to Costa Rica’s Largest Solar Park

Coopeguanacaste is the rural electric distributor in for most of the province of Guanacaste and they are very close to completing constructing the largest solar panel plant in all of Costa Rica with an installed capacity of 5 Megawatts (MW) and generating 9 Gigawatts (GWh) of energy per year.

The solar park is located in Belen de Carrillo, Santa Cruz, about a 40-minute drive down rt. 21 from the Liberia International airport. The main reason for picking Guanacaste is the abundance of sunshine. With Costa Rica’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint and working towards being fossil fuel free for the generation of electricity, is hoping to reduce about 1,500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. This equates to roughly planting over 5000 trees to achieve the same thing.

According to data supplied by Panasonic, the company in charge of project design and construction, the solar park has 15,456 photovoltaic panels with high-efficiency HIT technology of 325 Watts each.

The park costs an estimated $8.6 million USD, funds came from the MGM Sustainable Energy Fund (MSEF), a private equity fund that promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Latin America.

If Green energy is a big thing for you there are some great options here in Costa Rica to add them to any home.

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